Archive for November, 2010

Here are some new bag designs.  Erika has a new line of large purses made from black-lined fire hose, and I (Zeke) am working on some collaged small and medium-sized field bags.  Materials in the shop right now include red Cordura and black rubber from a large ski bag, mylar printed with Hindu comics, a big ‘Hawk Skate Wear’ vinyl banner from a skateboard store, 1,000 feet of amazing black-lined fire hose (going fast) and our usual camo army surplus shirts and hemp duffel bag yardage.  Also, we are working on some larger fire hose messenger bags.  We’ll be slinging everything at the Bizarre Bazaar in Chico December 11-12, and some of them are posted on our Etsy website.

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Shop Photos from Kyle Delmar

Posted: November 20, 2010 in Uncategorized
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Kyle Delmar is a local photographer here in Chico.  He came by with Summer the other day to do an interview with Erika for the local Natural Food Store’s monthly newsletter.

Collage and zigzag are two unifying themes for our holiday work this year.  Here are some works in progress – including a sneak peek at Erika’s new Rockabilly Luggage sets.

  

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Finally finished a long-rusting metal project and we are finally getting up to speed for our holiday bag production.  

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This gate was a trade for a massage that I got about 6 months ago – now I don’t have to feel slacker every time I see it leaning on my bench. 

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In the spirit of salvage and found objects, this project is 100% reused items (except welding rods…) thanks ReStore!

 

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Hinge detail

 

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Purse flap detail.  Hemp duffel bag, canvas duffel bag, estate-sale camo suit, and part of an old ball cap that I have been saving for god knows how long. 

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Same ball cap in 2001 with a Thanksgiving Albacore. 

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Another panel for a field bag or purse.  Camo is from the full camo estate-sale suit.  

 

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Finished purse.

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Viva Butte Creek, even if their beer is made in Ukiah now…

 

Just finished 6 new bags for sale at Chico Natural. They are a hemp, camo, and fire hose adaptation of a field bag that we made last winter out of feed sack and fire hose. Patch on flap is mylar hindu comic and map collage, with silver bling from a Mexico trip.

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One month to go to the Chikoko Bizarre Bazaar, and I thought of our fellow vendors working in all of their separate shops across our rainy city yesterday afternoon.  We are making some purse/binocular-sized bags.  These ones are for Chico Natural Foods, and use some of the mylar maps and Hindu Comic graphics that we used for our 2008 Bizarre Bazaar bags.  The theme for the ‘Nattie bags is “Wild Chinook Salmon Spawn In Chico’s Creeks”.

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Making side panels (recycled fire hose and army surplus webbing trim)

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The Binder

Our ‘Field bag’ – remade in recycled vintage hemp.

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Salvage – I found a pitchfork that was missing a tine at the ReStore last fall.  We moved a truckload of woodchips on Saturday and needed a ‘fork – I knew there was a reason that I was hoarding that bucket of rusty scrap metal from Uncle Jerry’s old Oregon shake mill.  There was a perfect piece of 1/4″ square stock in there and I welded it on to replace the broken tine.  Welded on a piece of pipe for a handle.  Heavy, and maybe a little Okie, but we moved the chips, and it ain’t gonna rot any time soon.

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I am a hack welder, but the rain and some new rust made my puddles of melted metal look pretty, I think.

Bicycle Harvest Festival

Posted: November 1, 2010 in Uncategorized
We vended our bags at Wheeled Migration’s Bicycle Harvest festival this weekend.  It was pouring rain as I packed up to go, and we had a few squalls on the ride, but it cleared up, and today’s ride home was gorgeous.